Your olfactory sense (known as the sense of smell) is an amazing system in your body. This sense is also connected to learning and emotion, so you can understand how your brain responds when you smell something wonderful. You see, when you sniff something like your favourite flower, you take a deep breath. This lowers your heart rate and blood pressure, and relaxes you.
What do you do to relax and relieve stress after a hard day’s work?
In today’s modern world, we come across numerous life challenges that leave us depleted of emotional and physical energies. Facing new challenges, taking care of the family, working on your relationship, etc, all this makes us forget about taking care of ourselves.
There are steps you can take, which will not only increase your productivity but also help you wake up feeling fresh every day.
Aromatherapy is a complementary practice that utilizes aromatic essential oils, which are derived from various healing plants, for overcoming health problems without medication. The oils can be poured into a diffuser, used while bathing in water and you can even apply them directly on skin, after diluting with carrier oil such as coconut oil.
McKinley J. Sangwin, a Physician Assistant at the University of Montana wrote an entire paper on aromatherapy and its benefits: A Study on Stress and Aromatherapy Intervention Efficacy. The study was conducted on 10 females for 6 weeks. The females were divided into two groups. The first group was studied in their daily tasks, where as the second group was asked to use essential oils, twice a day, such as chamomile, clary sage, or lavender via aromatherapy. The results showed that the second group had lower levels of stress and anxiety, and increased levels of energy and sleep quality.
Inhaling calming scents activates the hypothalamus, which causes changes in your body. Since your body is interconnected with nerves, the scents stimulate digestion, affect blood pressure and activate your immune system.
Following are a few essentials oils that you can use for aromatherapy:
One of the most popular essential oil is Lavender. In some form or another, the scent of this flower is used in many households. The calming properties of this essential oil control emotional stress. It helps relieve depression and nervous tensions. According to a study published in the European Neurology journal, the smell of Lavender also helps relieve a migraine. Based on the 71% result that was in favour of the scent, the study showed that Lavender oil, as well as its scent, is very therapeutic for the brain.
Lemon has antibacterial and antiviral properties. The scent of this essential oil not only helps you physically but also mentally. It improves circulation and fights sore throats. Being a citrus derived oil, it has uplifting abilities and is refreshing. A study published in the BioPsychoSocial Medicine Journal says that it soothes stress in just ten minutes.
Need a pick-me-up in the morning? Start your day with a healthy breakfast with the scent of rosemary in the air. This essential oil scent improves memory retention and its stimulating properties fight mental fatigue, headaches and physical exhaustion.
There are hundreds of studies available online that talk about how the scent of Jasmine improves your mood. This essential oil has the same properties as Lavender but due to its uplifting capabilities, the oil works best as a depression buster. Its scent also produces feelings of optimism, confidence and revitalized energy.
The sweet floral scent of Ylang-Ylang can help decrease blood pressure. Its scent allows you to unwind after a tiring day in just a matter of minutes. A study published in the journal of Phytotherapy Research showed that through topical use, the essential oil calmed the participants’ nervous system and lowered the heart rate.
So, there you go… five essential oil scents that will help you relieve stress and enhance your productivity at work, as well as energy at home.
When purchasing essential oils, ensure they are 100% natural and contain no artificial substances. Also note, some essential oils can interfere with medication, so speak to your doctor as needed.
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